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  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More

  • ERLC-led coalition urges defeat of Calif. bill

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist-led, multi-faith coalition has urged California legislators to abandon a bill it says would violate religious freedom in higher education. Read More

  • Calif. leader Fermín Whittaker to retire

    by Terry Barone, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín A. Whittaker, executive director of California Southern Baptist Convention since 1995, announced May 13 he will retire next February upon completing 22 years of service.

    In his announcement to the CSBC Executive Board during its regular spring meeting, Whittaker said that since his early call to ministry "I have known the blessings of being a servant of God. I find it amazing that God could take a stuttering kid like me [to be] a pastor of His church." Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate 75 years, increase CP

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Tuesday, November 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- With the theme, "Until It's Finished," California Southern Baptists celebrated 75 years of ministry in the Golden State, adopted a budget with an increased percentage to the Southern Baptist Convention and re-elected their president during their annual meeting Oct. 27-28 at Valley Baptist Church.

    The California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Bakersfield, Calif., highlighted historical references to the ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Teachers & 'gender inclusion'

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Friday, October 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Golden Gate Seminary's Jeff Iorg warns of a day when teachers may be disciplined "for holding to the 'shocking' position that boys and girls are different … and that both should be celebrated for their uniqueness." Read More

  • Small church beacon of hope amid CA fires

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (BP) -- The Lord is using Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to share the Gospel in a tangible way among the survivors of California wildfires that have killed six people and burned more than 150,000 acres of land, pastor Michael Ent told Baptist Press.

    The largest of two fires currently threatening populated communities, the Valley Fire, seemingly parted as it neared Ent's ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide bill passed in Calif.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- When California lawmakers passed an assisted suicide bill, a San Diego-area pastor says, they exceeded their authority by attempting to legislate in a realm governed by God.

    "It saddens me," said Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., "that in the state where I live and have grown up, the legislature has stepped outside of their authority and in essence said, 'We'll make decisions now. We'll enable people to make decisions in terms of life,' when that's God's decision. Read More